1. Atlanta United's Ezequiel Barco withdrew from Argentina's team slated to play in El Sudamericano Sub-20
, the South American youth
championship that serves as qualifying for the 2019 Under-20 World Cup. (It no longer serves as qualifying for the Olympics.) TyC Sports reported
Barco, whose $15 million transfer in 2018
was the most expensive in MLS history, withdrew because of an injury to his knee cap. 2. The San Jose Earthquakes signed Argentine
attacker Cristian Espinoza on loan from Spain's Villarreal
, in just the second move since they hired Argentine coach Matias Almeyda. The Quakes entered the offseason with 24 players
-- a high number for a last-place team moving in a new direction -- and have 26 players currently contracted with Espinoza's signing and that of Brazilian Judson, another loan move.
3. Bob Martino has announced the launch of his third USL team for the 2019 season.
Martino is the owner of the League One Chattanooga
Red Wolves, who have entered the Chattanooga market in competition with the popular NPSL team Chattanooga FC. He'll operate a League Two (former PDL) team out of Chattanooga and Dalton, located in the
northeast part of Georgia near the Blue Ridge Mountains, and he has started a second League Two team in his hometown of Park City, Utah. Other new League Two teams for 2019: Cedar Stars Rush,
Discoveries SC, Florida Elite Soccer Academy, Green Bay and Wake FC.